FCC Takes Bold Steps to Win Race to 5G
The deployment of the new 5G network presents a unique challenge to our regulatory system. Far from the 100-foot lattice towers and monopoles of 3G and 4G past, 5G capability will largely be the task of small cell deployments in the public streets, with antennas often no larger than a backpack. Yet, while 5G utilizes a smaller form factor than its predecessors, it remains bound by the same rules and regulations at the federal, state, and local level. Unsurprisingly, this newer, more nimble, generation of technology faces significant barriers, largely in the form of delays in permit processing, excessive permit fees, and burdensome local ordinances.